The Power of 10X: Using Materials Innovation to Reach Net Zero

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Materials create the fabric of our lives. They help us grow, work, play, travel, connect. They give us heat, light and power. They produce the everyday products we rely on. Materials innovation has enabled the technologies that have made it all possible, transforming our lives and livelihoods. But it’s come at a price. Because at the heart of it all, are fossil fuels.

The more fossil fuels we use, the more carbon we emit, the warmer it’s becoming. Our climate is in crisis. And the clock is ticking.

We can fix this, but we need to do things differently. Behavioural change and planting trees are part of the solution but we also need to be discovering materials that enable new technologies which don't use petrochemicals or fossil fuels. For the world to reach net zero, we don’t have much time left.

We need to innovate faster and in ways we never thought possible. Like with Covid-19, developing vaccines within a year when the world expected they would take ten. We must create solutions 10x faster than the current rate to meet the global warming targets set out in the Paris Agreement and reach net zero.

At the University of Liverpool, we are integrating scientific insight, machine learning and lab automation, to shorten research and innovation time to fundamentally change global industry with new materials - that will enable new forms of energy use and storage, and recyclable and sustainable products.

To reach net zero, now is the time to, invest, research, build partnerships, and turbo charge materials innovation 10x faster.


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